Native American Activists Dennis Banks Dies at 80

AMERICAN INDIAN ACTIVIST DENNIS BANKS DEAD AT 80

(CNN) – Civil rights leader Dennis Banks has died.

Banks’ family announced the death on his Facebook page; saying he passed away on Sunday night, surrounded by family.

His daughter told the New York Times he had pneumonia complications following successful open heart surgery a week ago.

Banks was a member of the Chippewa tribe.

He co-founded the American Indian movement in 1968 and led the group’s armed occupation of Wounded Knee in 1973 against the U.S. government.

Dennis banks was 80 years old.

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